Monday, November 23, 2015

Chamber Singers | Orchestra Hall

The Chamber Singers performed in the Target Atrium prior to the scheduled orchestra concert.

Was a nice little venue with great acoustics.  The kids did great!  A short preview here.

So grown up!

The Chamber Singers have a full schedule of performances - some private and others public.  I promise you won't be disappointed in attending one of their Wassail performances.  Join us and get in the holiday spirit!

Tuesday, Dec. 1     Governor's Residence Open House
Saturday, Dec. 5   4-5pm Plymouth Old Fashioned Christmas 
Friday, Dec. 11   (before A Christmas Carol) in the Guthrie Theater Lobby Concert 
Saturday, Dec. 12    11-12 pm @ Lunds, Plymouth
Saturday, Dec. 12     6-8 pm Crowne Plaza, Plymouth
Tuesday, Dec. 15    7pm Wassail! at AHS (alumni sing)
Thursday, Dec. 17    6 & 8pm Winter Concerts at AHS
Friday, Dec. 18     6-8pm Crowne Plaza, Plymouth

Oliver also performs in December at the 6:00 pm performance on December 17th.  These will be in the Armstrong High School auditorium.

Join us for the annual Winter Concerts on Thursday, Dec. 17 at 6 & 8 pm. 6pm features the Freshman Choirs, 8pm features the Varsity Choirs, all other choirs perform for both concerts.
This year's program features a new commission by Tim Takach, a new work by Craig Carnahan, AHS Voice Faculty soloists along with Todd Burkholder and Kevin Martin will be featured with the Armstrong Concert Choir.
It will be a great night of music!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Annual District Fall Music Festival 2015

It was an amazing night of music! Gives me goosebumps. Makes my heart swell with joy to see the passion these kids have for music in their lives. I mean, really - take a listen and tell me that these high school student don't sound so much more polished than just a few months and joint rehearsal hours together?!  So very thankful for arts in our school district and all that it gives to the students, teachers and community.

Henry played in combined Symphonic Band

Sang in combined Concert Choirs

Monday, November 2, 2015

Prayers for My Boys

Big day today for ‪#‎maboys‬... one in a concert this evening (that he's been looking forward to being a part of again for six years) and the other one trying out for freshmen basketball team (day 1 of 3 days of tryouts).  *update: Oliver didn't make the team
Today also kicks off a very busy season for Chamber Singers for Henry! I have been pumping him full of Vitamin C, encouraging him to drink lots of H2O and rest when he can. The next nine weeks for him will FLY BY in the blink of an eye.
If you're the praying type, please say a prayer for both of my boys that they find peace, joy & happiness in their days and weeks ahead!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Oliver | Fifteen

Fifteen and serious.

He didn't want to give me a smile on his birthday.  And then the neighbor hollered happy birthday Oliver across the fence.

And he smiled.

So wise beyond his years.

He came home a couple of weeks ago and said he was thinking about joining the military.  The recruiters at school waved him over to their lunch table asking what he would be doing when he graduated, assuming he was 18.  He was only 14 at the time.

This boy of mine has a generous, compassionate heart.  Someone was standing along the off-ramp with a sign saying he was homeless.  More often than not, these folks have been panhandling for a living, but that didn't deter Oliver.  He pulled all of the money out of his wallet and handed it over to me to hand out the window.

He's growing up in a time and world that is hurting.  He doesn't seem to be phased.  It will not deter him on his mission to love God and make a difference in his lifetime.

I wished him a happy 16th birthday in his card.  He laughed at me, walked back over and said, "did you want to fix this?"  He's always been older than his age in my mind.  Guess I can use that card again next year now?!

He didn't make the school freshman basketball team.  He was crushed inside, I could tell.  He will persevere and use that drive in other ways.  Lacrosse is in the spring and winter league & training throughout the next few months.  There's also intramural basketball to keep them busy and energized.

Music is also one of his passions and while he has been tempted to quit band the last two years, he is loving marching band and looking forward to the Outback Bowl over winter break.  He made Freshman Madrigals too and the concerts in December will have both of my boys playing and singing their hearts out on stage.

This kid makes me smile.  Tough on the outside, soft and beautiful on the inside.

Happy birthday, Oliver.

i love you,